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The Language of Coordination, from Humans to AI Agents

The next CIVICA Data Science Seminar will give the floor to Luca Maria Aiello. He will talk about social dimensions from conversations, NLP, and prompt AI agents.

Event, Research Seminar


A defining task for humankind is to achieve mass coordination to tackle  global challenges such as climate change, pandemics, and mass  migrations. Social science research has identified psycho-linguistic  aspects of social interactions that can trigger spontaneous coordination  when used strategically in the public debate. We created Natural  Language Processing tools that can capture these social dimensions from  conversations, and found that they can explain and predict outcome of  consensus and coordination. Furthermore, we show that these dimensions  can be used to prompt AI agents powered by Large Language Models to make  them behave as persuasive social agents that could be seamlessly  integrated in the public discourse of social media platforms.


Luca Maria Aiello is an Associate Professor of Data Science at the IT  University of Copenhagen, where he is member of the NEtwoRks, Data and  Society group (NERDS). Previously, he worked for 10 years as a Research  Scientist at Yahoo Labs and Nokia Bell Labs. He conducts research in  Computational Social Science with a special focus on understanding  cooperation processes through the study of conversational language with  the use of advanced Natural Language Processing tools. He has been  awarded a 3-year grant from the Carlsberg foundation to investigate  emergent processes of climate action in online social media. His work  has been covered by hundreds of articles published by news outlets  worldwide including Wired, WSJ, and BBC. He was once interviewed by  Captain James T. Kirk.


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